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You know what this Nation thing needs? More Glass.

Oct 28, 2014   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Like Minded Mofos, Mojo, Spey Nation Supporters  //  Comments Off on You know what this Nation thing needs? More Glass.

Seele Fly Rods have agreed to be in attendance at Spey Nation.  We’re happy to have another “East of the Mississippi” rod company who are addicted to the same thing we are.

As a young company we have a ton of new rods – all handcrafted (we roll our own graphite and glass blanks) in Bellwood, PA.

Probably most unique rods: Switch and Double Hand Glass rods (100% S-Glass)!
In every single Seele Fly Rod you will feel the essence of more than 60 years of experience in fly fishing – built by fly fishers for fly fishers.  The fly rods with soul.
Michael at Seele Fly Rods
Check out their entire line of graphite and glass fly rods here and especially pay close attention to these light sabers. 

Loop USA Pencils Us In!

Oct 13, 2014   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Like Minded Mofos, Mojo  //  Comments Off on Loop USA Pencils Us In!

Hoping to improve on our 2014 performance, we have implemented a new push for 2015.  We are trying to get all of our ducks in a row before the winter runs are fully in their taking lies.  So after supporting Swing the Fly Magazine and running an ad, we have had conversations with new companies about why they have missed Spey Nation in the past.  One we have made great strides with have penciled us in for 2015.  Loop USA will have a full line of Loop Products stream side in Pineville next year.  We’re going to hold them to it.

loop

 

Should be something with the patented Loop Logo in there for you guys to buy tickets for too!

Thank You For Making This Year’s Spey Nation Another Memorable One!

Jun 26, 2014   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Like Minded Mofos, Mojo, Raffle Prizes, Spey Nation Supporters  //  Comments Off on Thank You For Making This Year’s Spey Nation Another Memorable One!

A warm heartfelt thank you to all our sponsors who help us in too many ways to count!  Please forgive me if I have forgotten anybody who contributed to this year’s raffles or came to the event!

 

The Spey Lodge, Frank Swarner IIIThe West Branch Angler, Scott

Airflo, Wild Water Fly Rods, Orvis, Hardy, Temple Forks Outfitters,

Echo, Beulah, Sage, Thomas And Thomas, Ross Reels, Hatch Reels,

Mad River Dubbing Company, The Red Shed Fly Shop, Malindas Fly Shop,

Tight Lines Fly Shop, The Oak Orchard Fly Shop, Redington, Fishpond,

Row Jimmy Guide Service,  G Loomis, Mystic Fly Fishing, Rio Products,

The Angler’s Lodge–Patrick Ross, Tailwater Lodge,

All Season’s Sport Shop, The Spey Doctor, Meiser Fly Rods,

Adelcio Chavez, Team Force Flies,  The Victorian House,

The Steelhead Lodge, The Douglaston Salmon Run,

As well as all the companies who have shown product, supported us through the years and helped make us what we are today!

The Spey Lodge, Frank Swarner III, Paul’s Guide Service,

The West Branch Angler, Scott, Guideline, CND,

CF Burkheimer, Airflo, Wild Water Fly Rods, Orvis,

The Spey Company, Hardy, Temple Forks Outfitters,

Echo, JP Ross, Beulah, Sage, Thomas And Thomas,

Ross Reels, No Float Stix, Castle Arms/Heritage Fly Rods,

Hatch Reels, Loop Fly Fishing, DTX Mackenzie,

Mad River Dubbing Company, The Red Shed Fly Shop,

Malindas Fly Shop, Isle-Fish Guide Service,

Snake River Oufitters, Tight Lines Fly Shop,

The Oak Orchard Fly Shop, River Time Guide Service,

Cattaraugus Creek Outfitters,

Neversink River Fly Fishing Guide Service,

Redington, Umpqua, Fishpond, Tibor, Buff,

Skagit Master, Rio, Row Jimmy Guide Service,

Ross, Pro-Tube,  Maui Jim, G Loomis,

Opportunity Fly Fishing Vision In Fly Fishing,

Albright Fly Fishing, G Loomis,

Buff Fishing Clothing, Skagit Master, Maui Jim,

Mystic Fly Fishing, Galvan Reels, Opportunity Fly Fishing,

Rio Products, Row Jimmy Guide Service,

The Angler’s Lodge–Patrick Ross, Watermaster Boats,

Departure Publishing , Tailwater Lodge, All Season’s Sport Shop, .

The Spey Doctor, Meiser Fly Rods,

Adelcio Chavez, Team Force Flies,  The Victorian House,

The Steelhead Lodge, The Douglaston Salmon Run, Fish-On Sports

 

 

 

Spey Nation Photo Contest. Win a $50 Gift Certificate to the Tailwater Lodge Restaurant!

Jun 25, 2014   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Like Minded Mofos, Mojo, Raffle Prizes, Spey Nation Supporters  //  Comments Off on Spey Nation Photo Contest. Win a $50 Gift Certificate to the Tailwater Lodge Restaurant!

The rules are simple, like the Spey Nation Facebook PageThe Tailwater Lodge Facebook Page, and post your photos to the Spey Nation Facebook Page, that you took at Spey Nation 2014 or before and the person’s photo that garners the most “Likes” “Shares” or “Comments” combined will win the Gift Certifictate to the Restaurant.  Drawing will be on Monday July 14th.  We may also give a prize to the most “Witty” comment on the pictures.

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Barney Wong’s Presentation from Spey Nation 2014

Jun 24, 2014   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Like Minded Mofos, Mojo, Spey Nation Presenter  //  Comments Off on Barney Wong’s Presentation from Spey Nation 2014

In case you came in late or missed Spey Nation this year, Barney Wong from Michigan started us off right this year with a great presentation in Scandinavian Casting.  We really appreciate Barney making the trip and helping us celebrate 2 handed casting on the Salmon River in NY!

Barny Wong

IMG_0254Barny Wong possesses neither the qualifications as a guide nor an insider in the fly fishing industry. Rather, he solves problems outside the box while always honing his skill in communicating the unspoken that sticks. As an ex- innovation scout for the automotive industry, and currently in the field of consciousness, he brings new thought and insight into why, what, and how we do things.  Barny’s approach to casting is manage the few so as to produce the largest result. In Tao, this is called Action from Non Action. In this Tao of Casting approach, the ever changing Style in casting can always rely on the immovable Substance (Physics), allowing the caster to self organize and evolve to their highest potential. And with this way, the caster nevers fall into a rut as they harness more with each pass of insight and understanding.

Barny Wong has been spey casting since 2007. He is also featured in both Midcurrent and Fly Fisherman magazine. He combines artistry and technical know how into the art of spey casting.

All levels are welcome for casting classes. His website is www.awholenuthalevel.com containing his rates and contact info.

Barny is committed to your developing the sturdiest casting legs in the shortest amount of time.

Reminder about lessons on Sunday

Jun 18, 2014   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Lessons After the Event, Like Minded Mofos, Mojo  //  Comments Off on Reminder about lessons on Sunday

Sunday June 22, 2014, the day after Spey Nation

the following Spey Casting Instructors instructors will be giving Spey Casting lessons.

Please contact the instructors directly to secure a spot.

Barney Wong Full Day Inquire for Price: sushiyummy@yahoo.com

Walt Geryk : Full Day Inquire for price: walt@neffguide.com

Peter Charles: Full Day Inquire for Price petercharles1@icloud.com

Travis Johnson Doing a class Friday and Sunday $200 speycaster@hotmail.com

Current Distance Spey Cast World Record Holder—Travis Johnson

Travis Johnson began his fly fishing career at the ripe old age of 12. He was that kid who could not learn enough about anything and everything to do with fly fishing.

Travis landed his first Deschutes red-side at age 14 and his first summer steelhead at age 16. His passion for fishing with a fly has taken him all over the country and his wisdom of fishing the western United States surpasses most young men his age.

Having guided the Sandy, Clackamas and the Deschutes Rivers for over 6 years, Travis has learned how to find even the toughest of fish with success, while bringing an infectious energy to the game that will leave you invigorated and inspired.

From a day of chasing wily resident trout to learning in one of his advanced Spey casting classes, your day with this young man will not soon be forgotten.

If you have any questions on the availability of a trip or casting class with Travis Johnson, call The Fly Fishing Shop anytime between 6″00am & 6:00pm at 503-622-4607 or (800) 266-3971. Travis Johnson is both student and instructor in the art of fly casting. He is a member of the prestigious Carron competition Spey Casting team. Last year he placed second at the CLA World Championships held at Blenheim Palace. Winner of the event was Carron team member Gerard Downey, with a magnificent cast of 70.63 meters (231.7 feet). Gerard is now the current World Champion. The team is based out of Invergordon, Ross-shire, Scotland. It has dominated the Spey distance events for the past eleven years and has 12 world Championships to its credit. This team has won more events than all of the rest of the competing teams combined and Carron fly lines hold all of the Spey Casting distance records Most of the 6- members are Scottish. Gerard and Raurri are Irish, and of course Travis resides right here in Oregon, USA. As a matter of fact he grew up in Brightwood, just down the street from The Fly Fishing Shop, where he is currently employed in several capacities, including fishing guide and fly fishing instructor. He practices distance Spey Casting several times a week and regularly achieves casts of 150-200 feet with either hand. Travis won the 2014 Spey O Rama at San Francinsisco’s prestigous Golden Gate Casting Club with a world record breaking 198 foot cast!

Barny Wong

IMG_0254Barny Wong possesses neither the qualifications as a guide nor an insider in the fly fishing industry. Rather, he solves problems outside the box while always honing his skill in communicating the unspoken that sticks. As an ex- innovation scout for the automotive industry, and currently in the field of consciousness, he brings new thought and insight into why, what, and how we do things. Barny’s approach to casting is manage the few so as to produce the largest result. In Tao, this is called Action from Non Action. In this Tao of Casting approach, the ever changing Style in casting can always rely on the immovable Substance (Physics), allowing the caster to self organize and evolve to their highest potential. And with this way, the caster nevers fall into a rut as they harness more with each pass of insight and understanding.

Barny Wong has been spey casting since 2007. He is also featured in both Midcurrent and Fly Fisherman magazine. He combines artistry and technical know how into the art of spey casting.

All levels are welcome for casting classes. His website is www.awholenuthalevel.com containing his rates and contact info.

Walt Geryk

One of the premier two-handed spey casting and fly fishing instructors in North America, Walt specializes in targeting salmon, trout and steelhead in the Northeast and offers basic, intermediate and advanced instructions and schools throughout the Great Lakes, Canada and the East Coast. Beginning his fly fishing in 1972, Walt has become the leader for marketing traditional fly and spey fishing serving these areas. Promoting ethical angling, continuing to bring awareness about the outdoors’ fragile eco-system and teaching the proper skills on how to become better fishermen are just a few things that will be touched on during your day. Since 1985, Walt has been a professional guide and instructor who advocates traditional, catch & release, fly fishing for the Salmon River Region of New York, the Deerfield River and others.

 

Peter Charles

Fishing has always been a constant passion for me, starting at the age of six when a neighbour took me and his kids to the side of Grey’s Creek in Cornwall, Ontario, to fish for anything that swam. We kids used long bamboo poles, wooden floats, a thick, green cord for a fishing line and of course, worms. The catfish we caught went in the frying pan, except for one of mine that ended up in the fire instead, thanks to an overzealous hookset. Some would say that my fishing habits haven’t changed much since.

My first fly rod was bought from a department store in 1969 and I’ve been hooked by the sport ever since. I’ve been in the industry side of things since 2006 as a pro staff member and a sales representative.

I have my Certified Casting Instructor qualification from the Federation of Fly Fishers.

I am on the Canadian field staff for G. Loomis / Shimano and pro staff for Airflo Fly Lines, Simms, and The Canadian Tube Fly Company.

That’s It, There’s Nothing Else We Can Really Do.

Jun 17, 2014   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Environmental Stuff, Lessons After the Event, Like Minded Mofos, Mojo, Raffle Prizes, Spey Nation Presenter, Spey Nation Supporters  //  Comments Off on That’s It, There’s Nothing Else We Can Really Do.
Alright, This is it.  The PRESENTATION SCHEDULE is laid out, you can almost smell the burgers, the raffles are ready to be laid out, and somebody is going to be going to British Columbia…
We received a big box of give-aways from the Fly Fishing Film Tourlast night and everyone is going to be entered in the big sweepstakes to win a trip to Belize.  But you have to be there Friday night.  Come to the Tailwater Lodge for a free primer!  A customized version of the Fly Fishing Film Tour!
Saturday, come to the boat launch in Pineville, NY to learn about Spey Fishing, eat some free food, and meet new people who love the river and want to learn more about all the good things that come with 2 handed fishing.  You just might win something amazing that will change your life!  .
And finally Sunday, come fish Douglaston Salmon Run….For Free!
Take a Lesson Sunday after the event from one of these great instructors!

Fly Fishing Film Tour!

Friday June 20, 2014 8pm. Free Tickets! Tailwater Lodge Altmar, NY
Pick Your Tickets up in advance at The Tailwater Lodge 855-895-6343, Malindas Fly Shop 315-298-2993 Tightlines Fly Fishing 973-244-5990 and Oak Orchard Fly Shop 716-626-1323 Any available tickets will be available at the door on the night of the event. Seating is limited so advanced tickets are recomended. 

Spey Nation! You Know it, You Love it! Saturday June 21, 2014 8am-4pm Pineville Boat Launch–Salmon River Free Event Free Lunch by Tailwater Lodge “On the water” demonstrations Learn 2 handed techniques Try specialized equipment See the latest from the Manufacturers Raffles! to benefit the Fish Creek Atlantic Salmon Club
Free Fishing in the DSR On Sunday! June 22, 2014 The Douglaston Salmon Run will be allowing all Spey Nation participants access to the DSR on Sunday.  Participants will be asked to pickup a voucher from the Spey Nation event on Saturday as proof of participation and present it at the DSR for their complimentary access pass on Sunday. If you’ve never seen the tasty pockets and smooth swingable slicks of the run then this would be a great time to walk the bank.

Spey Nation Schedule Put Down On Paper

Jun 16, 2014   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Like Minded Mofos, Mojo, Spey Nation Presenter  //  Comments Off on Spey Nation Schedule Put Down On Paper

Ok, this is the official schedule, picked hot out of the hat.  Seems to be the fairest way to do things.  First we’ll start with what we know. 

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Friday night, June 20, 2014

1-13-2014 11-40-50 AM

Fly Fishing Film Tour turned up loud, in Bluray HD, and rocking the conference center of the brand new Tailwater Lodge in Altmar, NY.  It’s on the site of the former Altmar Elementary School.  The Restaurant/Bar will be open, the lodge will be brand new so come see the showcase.  Tickets will be free and available in a few locations to be named later, mostly at those shops who have been supportive of us over the years and at the lodge itself.   The conference center is said to hold 100.

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June 22, 2014

Douglaston Salmon Run

Free Fishing Day

(Pick Up Your Passes At Spey Nation)

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OK On to the good stuff. 

Saturday Spey Nation Presentation Schedule

 

9 am  Barney Wong

10 am  Patrick Ross

11 am  Andrew Moy

12:00 Lunch Served by the Tailwater Lodge

1 pm Walt Geryk

2 pm Travis Johnson

3 pm Peter Charles

4:00 PM Raffles

List Subject To Changes

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Barny Wong

IMG_0254Barny Wong possesses neither the qualifications as a guide nor an insider in the fly fishing industry. Rather, he solves problems outside the box while always honing his skill in communicating the unspoken that sticks. As an ex- innovation scout for the automotive industry, and currently in the field of consciousness, he brings new thought and insight into why, what, and how we do things.  Barny’s approach to casting is manage the few so as to produce the largest result. In Tao, this is called Action from Non Action. In this Tao of Casting approach, the ever changing Style in casting can always rely on the immovable Substance (Physics), allowing the caster to self organize and evolve to their highest potential. And with this way, the caster nevers fall into a rut as they harness more with each pass of insight and understanding.

Barny Wong has been spey casting since 2007. He is also featured in both Midcurrent and Fly Fisherman magazine. He combines artistry and technical know how into the art of spey casting.

All levels are welcome for casting classes. His website is www.awholenuthalevel.com containing his rates and contact info.

Barny is committed to your developing the sturdiest casting legs in the shortest amount of time.

 

Peter Charles

Fishing has always been a constant passion for me, starting at the age of six when a neighbour took me and his kids to the side of Grey’s Creek in Cornwall, Ontario, to fish for anything that swam. We kids used long bamboo poles, wooden floats, a thick, green cord for a fishing line and of course, worms.  The catfish we caught went in the frying pan, except for one of mine that ended up in the fire instead, thanks to an overzealous hookset.  Some would say that my fishing habits haven’t changed much since.  🙂

My first fly rod was bought from a department store in 1969 and I’ve been hooked by the sport ever since.  I’ve been in the industry side of things since 2006 as a pro staff member and a sales representative.

I have my Certified Casting Instructor qualification from the Federation of Fly Fishers.

I am on the Canadian field staff for G. Loomis / Shimano and pro staff for Airflo Fly Lines, Simms, and The Canadian Tube Fly Company.

Walt Geryk

One of the premier two-handed spey casting and fly fishing instructors in North America, Walt specializes in targeting salmon, trout and steelhead in the Northeast and offers basic, intermediate and advanced instructions and schools throughout the Great Lakes,  Canada and the East Coast. Beginning  his fly fishing in 1972, Walt has become the leader for marketing traditional fly and spey fishing serving these areas.                Promoting ethical angling, continuing to bring awareness about the outdoors’  fragile eco-system and teaching the proper skills on how to become better fishermen  are just a few things that will be touched on during your day. Since 1985, Walt has been a professional guide and instructor who advocates traditional, catch & release, fly  fishing for the Salmon River Region of New York, the Deerfield River and  others.

 

  Current Distance Spey Cast World Record Holder—Travis Johnson

Travis Johnson began his fly fishing career at the ripe old age of 12. He was that kid who could not learn enough about anything and everything to do with fly fishing.

Travis landed his first Deschutes red-side at age 14 and his first summer steelhead at age 16. His passion for fishing with a fly has taken him all over the country and his wisdom of fishing the western United States surpasses most young men his age.

Having guided the Sandy, Clackamas and the Deschutes Rivers for over 6 years, Travis has learned how to find even the toughest of fish with success, while bringing an infectious energy to the game that will leave you invigorated and inspired.

From a day of chasing wily resident trout to learning in one of his advanced Spey casting classes, your day with this young man will not soon be forgotten.

If you have any questions on the availability of a trip or casting class with Travis Johnson, call The Fly Fishing Shop anytime between 6″00am & 6:00pm at 503-622-4607 or (800) 266-3971. Travis Johnson is both student and instructor in the art of fly casting. He is a member of the prestigious Carron competition Spey Casting team. Last year he placed second at the CLA World Championships held at Blenheim Palace. Winner of the event was Carron team member Gerard Downey, with a magnificent cast of 70.63 meters (231.7 feet). Gerard is now the current World Champion. The team is based out of Invergordon, Ross-shire, Scotland. It has dominated the Spey distance events for the past eleven years and has 12 world Championships to its credit. This team has won more events than all of the rest of the competing teams combined and Carron fly lines hold all of the Spey Casting distance records Most of the 6- members are Scottish. Gerard and Raurri are Irish, and of course Travis resides right here in Oregon, USA. As a matter of fact he grew up in Brightwood, just down the street from The Fly Fishing Shop, where he is currently employed in several capacities, including fishing guide and fly fishing instructor. He practices distance Spey Casting several times a week and regularly achieves casts of 150-200 feet with either hand.   Travis won the 2014 Spey O Rama at San Francinsisco’s prestigous Golden Gate Casting Club with a world record breaking 198 foot cast!

 

Patrick Ross

                      

Patrick Ross is the Owner/Operator/Guide of the Angler’s Lodge in Altmar, NY. He has been fishing the river for over 20 years with the spey rod and will be giving a presentation about getting the correct swing for the Great Lakes. Get in touch with Patrick: Lodging for outdoor activities specializing in fly fishing Lake Ontario Tributaries and the Finger Lakes Region of New York Call 315-298-6028 for reservations

 

Andrew Moy

Owner of Tight Lines Flyfishing, if you are interested in spey casting, there’s no need to look anywhere else. Whether you are new to the two-handed game or have some experience under your belt, shop owner Andrew Moy can help. To date, Andrew has taught over 1000 anglers both basic and advanced techniques and has demonstrated for numerous fly fishing groups and organizations. A lesson or two will demystify the art of spey casting and you’ll be on the water on your own in no time.

Fish On! Sports, USA Distributor for LTS Flyfishing and Whitney Gould is confirmed to be at Spey Nation!

Jun 13, 2014   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Like Minded Mofos, Mojo, Spey Nation Supporters  //  Comments Off on Fish On! Sports, USA Distributor for LTS Flyfishing and Whitney Gould is confirmed to be at Spey Nation!

Old friend, well, not “Old” Friend, but one that helped us kick off Spey Nation I in 2008, is returning fresh off her victory at this year’s Spey O Rama and she’s bringing new toys for us to play with!  Oregon and Alaskan guide AND champion spey caster Whitney Gould is representing LTS Spey Rods and will have a selection of the rods to play with.  From what I can tell, this is the first time LTS Spey rods will be available on East Coast.

 

Whitney Casting During Her 2008 Spey Nation Presentation

LTS Flyfishing, AS was started by twin brothers Trond and Knut Syrstad, world class casters who have designed top quality fly rods, lines and reels for salmon, steelhead, trout and sea trout fishing.

The LTS Flyfishing product line is designed to give the fly fisherman a highly pleasurable experience for  a full day of fishing without getting tired, using lightweight rods made from high modulus graphite matched with fly lines that are extremely easy to cast, generating power and high line speed to reach the opposite bank of large rivers.

This is being made possible by Donna O’Sullivan, who is the owner of Fish On! Sports from Daly City, California and we really appreciate the chance to be re-united with our friend.   If you haven’t seen Whitney cast a spey rod, you are in for an awe inspiring treat.

World champion spey caster Donna O’Sullivan, owner of Fish On! Sports, is proud and excited to be the USA distributor for LTS Flyfishing, AS in Norway.

Having fished extensively in the USA, Norway, Scotland, United Kingdon, New Zealand, Argentina, Christmas Island, I have found that using lightweight, top quality and well designed fishing equipment with perfectly matched line makes fishing the most fun and productive. This is the primary reason for Fish On! Sports decision to promote the LTS Flyfishing products in the United States.

 

 

A Reminder About Spey Nation. No Spey Casting Experience Required!

Jun 3, 2014   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Like Minded Mofos, Mojo  //  Comments Off on A Reminder About Spey Nation. No Spey Casting Experience Required!

No Spey Casting Experience Required!

We welcome the curious, the beginner, the expert alike!

I was reminded recently as to WHY WE DO SPEY NATION.  In fact I was taken by surprise by a conversation that made me step back and say, what is it that we are trying to accomplish?  And by me saying “We”, maybe I mean “I”.  I can only speak for myself.  I urge everyone to write in why they volunteer or just attend Spey Nation in the comments section below.
For me, I do it because I want our fishery to become a better place for everybody. People who go to Spey Nation talk about concepts like streamside etiquette, conservation, returning Atlantic Salmon to historical watersheds, and angler rotation…and we share our knowledge to everyone who listens on this special day.   And what’s not to love about that?  It’s why I speak to the manufacturers reps all winter and make sure that they are in attendance.  It’s why I talk to everyone who says “Pulaski is the worst place in the world to go fishing,” and tell them not to give up on us.  It’s getting better every day.

It’s a chance to participate in a day that doesn’t have the distraction of fishing staring you in the face and you aren’t watching the clock as the sun is setting on the day you sat at the office and dreamed about for 2 weeks.  It’s a day when we, who love the fishery, have a chance to give something back, take the time to acknowledge where we came from and share the love with others.   I welcome all who love Salmon and Steelhead fishing, no matter how they choose to do so currently, to come and learn from area and national experts how to catch them with spey rods with no prejudice beyond some good natured ribbing to the boys in the LOTAC booth.   If we just go and preach to the choir, then what’s the point?  And by giving something back, I don’t just mean the raffle money that funds the Atlantic Salmon Club, I mean all the knowledge that we have to share about the sport we love so much.  I think back to the first Spey Nation when a family of curious onlookers recieved a burger, an impromptu lesson about spey casting, and went home with 2 rods from the raffles.  They come every year and they have become passionate advocates for the sport of swinging flies.  I think back to 2008 when you would maybe see one or two spey rods on the river a trip, and the Spey section of www.salmoncrazy.com had about 15 people who wanted to put on a spey clave, and now it seems there is one in every pool and though we have our moments, Spey Nation should be a time when we show the fishery that we aren’t the elitists everybody may think we are.

We invite everyone to cut down the  learning curve with 3 days of “What’s it all about”.

So this is what we have lined up for you this year.
Friday night, come to the Tailwater Lodge for a free primer!  A customized version of the Fly Fishing Film Tour!  You’ve never seen it like this!  The lineup will be all the best films about Salmon, Steelhead, and Spey fishing!  Saturday, come to the boat launch in Pineville, NY to learn about Spey Fishing, eat some free food, and meet new people who love the river and want to learn more about all the good things that come with 2 handed fishing.  You just might win something amazing that will change your life!  .  And finally Sunday, come fish Douglaston Salmon Run….For Free!
We urge all you who have received this and know what a joy it is to just fish with 2 handers to share the love!  Send this on to your fishing partners who may fish the river differently and personally invite them to our little show.  The more the merrier!

So if you like what you have heard, share this with your buddies, who may fish the river differently and invite them up for a great weekend.  Next year if you look over your shoulder at a group of people watching you cast, invite them up.  It’s our chance to bring more people into the fold.  Share this on your facebook page, twitter account and blog and get involved.

Most importantly, I work on Spey Nation for one reason:  I love steelhead rivers, and this one is mine.  I want it to be the best one it can be.  We’ve come along way, this river and us.  Let’s keep it up!

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